We assist our students in all aspects of the college application process: building solid transcripts, preparing for standardized tests, participating passionately in extracurricular activities, and building bonds with teachers and high school counselors, who will eventually recommend them. We have helped hundreds of students attain acceptances into a range of colleges from Harvard to Arizona State University's Barrett, the Honor's College.

Ralph Becker

Director and College Counselor

  • 2015-2016 Student Acceptances from USC (Marshal, Cinematography), Cornell (COAS, CAAP), University of Pennsylvania (COAS, Nursing), Harvard College, Annapolis, West Point, Wellesley, Smith, Yale College, Duke, University of Michigan (Nursing, Ross, LSA), Carnegie Mellon, Reed, Whitman,..., all the UCs...
  • Working with freshmen, transfer, and graduate students
  • Counseled over 275 students over the last 11 years
  • Advisor to United Arab Emirate’s Scholarship Coordination Office
  • Author: SAT Vocab 800 Books A, B, C, and D
  • College Counseling Certificate, UCLA Extension Program
  • Former Yale Alumni Interviewer
  • Member of HECA, WACAC
  • College Counseling Columnist with the .Gazettes.com
  • BA, Yale University
  • MBA, UCLA, Anderson School of Business

Richard Lillie

Master Instructor: EssayWriting, English Grammar, SAT Critical Reading/Writing

  • Over 20 years experience teaching English, history, biology
  • Author (with Ralph Becker) SAT 800 Vocabulary
  • CBEST Teaching credential--teaching in Newport Mesa USD
  • English Teacher, Whittier Mantessori (8 years)
  • Instructor, ACT & New SAT
  • BA, English, UCLA
  • MD, UCSF

Mike Hughes

Master Instructor: AP US, European and World History

  • Over 20 years experience teaching high school history, certified teaching credential
  • All students received 5's and 4's on AP Exam--After 16 years this record is unblemished
  • BA, MBA